Uncovering the X-Files

This week, I’m going to take a break from politics and social issues and talk about something fun.

I was recently on my favorite fan site for the “X-Files,” a show from the mid-1990s about a team of FBI special agents who investigated paranormal crimes and phenomena. The show revolved around two agents named Mulder and Scully. Mulder believed that the paranormal was real but Scully was a skeptic. By the time the show ended in 2002, it had a large and dedicated fan base.

In the “X-Files,” the government was always covering up much of the work Mulder was doing in order to prevent the truth about the paranormal from getting out to the public. Besides the flying saucers and little green men, the “X-Files” was a humorous yet dark show that turned out to be one of the best sci-fi shows ever.

What if I told you there really were “X-Files” in the FBI’s procession?

In reality, there is no special team dedicated to investigating the paranormal. The FBI occasionally does, and has in the past, investigated paranormal phenomena. You, too, can view these case files. In 1998, the FBI declassified many of these files and has them available on its website courtesy of the Freedom of Information Act.

There is a larger collection of files dealing with conspiracy topics such as UFOs, cattle mutilation, aliens, Roswell and Project Blue Book. While almost all the investigations were ruled to be inconclusive, it’s exciting to know there were a few lucky agents who delved into the world of conspiracy theories and paranormal phenomenon.

The FBI also maintains interesting historical sections on an assortment of criminals such as Al Capone as well as various directors and agents such as J. Edgar Hoover. They even have a good section of frequently asked questions that exposes the truth about the FBI’s investigations into the paranormal.

On a more serious note, why was taxpayers’ money used for this stuff?

If you want to view any of these files for yourself, visit the bureau’s website.